How to Make a Compost Bin for Kids


Kids love to garden and participate in all stages planning and design. Creating children their own compost bin gives them a sense of satisfaction and participation. Composting is a valuable lesson in environmental awareness and science. A child's compost bin does not have to be very large, but it does have to be easy for them to access. It does not have to be a complicated process for children to learn and understand how to compost and how compost is made.

Step 1

Remove all stickers from the container and lid. Cut one-centimeter-wide holes, using the utility knife, approximately three centimeters apart around the bin. These should be about six centimeters from the rim. Use the utility knife to make a series of one-centimeter holes through the center of the lid.

Step 2

Cut drainage holes in the bottom of the Rubbermaid container. Two holes in each corner that are one centimeter wide and two centimeters long. This should allow excess water to drain but not allow compost to fall out.

Step 3

Place the compost bin in a sunny spot. Fill the compost bin with a layer of dead leaves, wet newspaper, grass clippings and coffee grounds. Each layer should be about one inch thick.

Step 4

Add material to the compost bin every other day. Turn the compost with a small shovel every three to four weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbermaid container with lid
  • Utility knife
  • Dead leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Newspaper
  • Coffee grounds
  • Small shovel


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About this Author

Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.